5 Top Books to Inspire You to Try #SoloTravel

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Solo travel is something many people don’t dare attempt and those who do are often met with questions like, “Won’t you be lonely?”, “Who will you talk to?”, “How will you stay safe?”.

And yet, solo travel is one of the best ways to travel. You discover things about yourself, boost your confidence by navigating new experiences on your own, and meet people you’d never meet if you were with someone else! Solo travel also allows you to travel much more because you’re not waiting on other people to be ready to take a vacation – and you can do exactly what you want to do on your trip.

So, if you’re considering taking a solo trip – and you should – but need a little push, here are some books to help inspire you.

Vagabondess: A Guide to Solo Female Travel by Toby Israel

Women often face the most questions when they express interest in traveling solo due to safety concerns, or people stuck in subliminal patriarchal thinking that women should not be independent. Because of this, women sometimes have the most concerns about taking their first solo trip. This book is here to address those concerns and help women “face their fears, and live the adventure of their dreams.”

The Solo Travel Handbook by Lonely Planet

If you are ready to take a trip but need some help with the logistics, this is the book for you! Especially ideal for folks who are beginners to travel in general, this handbook guides you through selecting a destination, developing an itinerary, budgeting, finding deals on flights, and more. With its cute illustrations and beautiful photos, this one makes a particularly good coffee table book!

The Solo Traveler’s Handbook by Janice Leith Waugh

While it has a very similar title to the Lonely Planet book above, don’t mix them up, because it’s a very different kind of book! This handbook is more geared towards people who are seasoned at planning a trip but just haven’t embarked on one solo. The book is jam-packed with tips on how to have fun and stay safe on your own.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

If you’d prefer a book that you can curl up and read rather than a guide, then you need to check out this memoir. Author Kristin Newman wasn’t ready to settle down and make babies like her friends, so instead, she spent a few weeks each year of her 20s and early 30s traveling the world. This laugh-out-loud book is filled with anecdotes about the places she’s seen and the people she’s met. It will have you ready to fall in love with the world just like she did.

How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker by Lauren Juliff

If you feel like you can’t travel the world solo because of anxiety, an eating disorder, or hitting rock-bottom in your career or relationships, Lauren Juliff is here to prove you wrong. She traveled the world while dealing with ALL of that, and while she went through many mishaps, her story is here to inspire you to take that trip no matter what you’re up against.

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